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Ali-e-Akbar's Martyrdom

AFTER ABBAS, CAME the turn of Ali-e-Akbar, to go to the battlefield. It is reported that this eighteen-year-old son was so very much loved by one and all in the camp that the account of his taking leave of his mother, aunts, sisters, brothers and other relatives is so pathetic that none can resist shedding at least a few tears over the heart-rending event. At last when the Holy Imam sent Ali-eAkbar, the 'Ahmad-i-theitiP, i.e., (Muhammad the Second), to the battlefield, he raised his head 1.0,-.1rds Heaven and said:

"Lord ! Here is sent in Thy way, the one who resembleth the most with Thy Prophet Muhammad, whenever we did desire to have a view of the Holy Face departed away from us, we used to look at the face of this youth." "Lord! Husain has one Ali-e-Akbar and lie is sent to be sacrificed for Thy cause, had I many more like him, I would have similarly offered them all in Thy way."

Is not this offer more acceptable to God than that of Abraham who offered with his eyes blindfolded ? Is not this a Greater Sacrifice than that of Ishmael ?

When Ali-e-Akbar went into the battlefield, it is reported that the Devil's forces were so much amazed at his resemblance with the Holy Prophet that such of those who had seen him before, wondered if the Holy Prophet had reappeared in the world to help his dear grandson Husain. People were so anxious to have a look at the enchanting beauty of the youth that those in the rear of the enemy's ranks, mounted on the horses and camels, even stood on the backs of the animals to have a look at the matchless and the wonder-striking beauty of this son of the Holy Imam. But lo! There was a treacherous onslaught and Ali-e-Akbar fell with a lance pierced through his breast as the Holy Imam had prophesied. God alone knows what a patient heart the Holy Imam had been endowed with, which never gave way against any catastrophe even that of the loss of such a son. The Holy Imam stood looking at his son dying before his eyes and lifting his head towards Heaven said :-

"Lord ! It will be quite sufficient for Thy Husain if thou accepteth this sacrifice and if thou art pleased with this humble offer."

Adapted from the book: "Husain; The Saviour of Islam" by: "S.V. Mir Ahmed Ali"